Georgians withdraw their forces but Russian bombings continue

Georgian president already has sent a note to the Russian government, in which he officially agrees to withdraw Georgian forces from both conflict regions.

Earlier Russian government said that it would stop bombing Georgia, if Georgians would leave all the territories which Georgia lost in the year 1992.

Despite that, Russia continues bombing Georgian territory outside of the conflict zone. During last hours bombs fell in the western-Georgian city of Zugdidi and near Tbilisi civilian airport.

Prior to that, the main road connecting eastern and western Georgia was bombed near Gori. Bombs also fall in Kodori gorge and in the Anaklia village in western Georgia. Earlier bombing of the city of Gori caused evacuation of a big part of the population of the city.

The bombing of the Tbilisi airport caused panic among the passengers and flights were postponed. There’s still an expectation of more attacks.


8 Responses to “Georgians withdraw their forces but Russian bombings continue”

  1. August 10, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    While we face several hundreds of ethnic Georgians leaving their houses, villages and cities, trying to escape from massive attack of Russian warplanes and military forces, we see the real target Russia is trying to hit in Autonomous Republic of South Ossetia – massacres and forced mass expulsion of thousands of ethnic Georgians.

    Several high-ranked officers of Russian army are reporting the “progress” they are achieving in s.c. “zachistki” (cleaning) of area they had occupied from ethnic Georgians (http://www.utro.ru/peredovica). The Russian word “zachistka” (which can be translated as “cleaning”) is a neologism invented by Russian General Staff and FSB Special Forces “covering” and massive ethnic cleansing of civilian Chechen population during and after second war in Chechnya (1999-2000).

    Today this kind of “zachiski” brought by Russian Federation military forces to Georgia and that’s not the first time.
    In 1991-1993 and 1998 in Abkhazia (another Autonomous Republic of Georgia governed today by Russia-backed separatists) around 30,000 Georgians were killed by the Abkhaz separatists, foreign mercenaries, and by Russian Federation military forces. The ethnic cleansing campaign against ethnic Georgians of Abkhazia was recognized by OSCE conventions in Budapest, (December 6, 1994), Lisbon, Istanbul and was also mentioned in UN General Assembly Resolution GA/10708.
    See also US State Department, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1993, February 1994, Chapter 17.

    On July 8, 2004 prosecutors at the Hague-based UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) made a decision to launch an investigation about genocide and crimes against humanity in Abkhazia. The ICTY was provided with the documents selected from the 300 volumes of evidence about the genocide of Georgians in Abkhazia. These materials were collected by the Georgian Prosecutors’ Office beginning in 1993 and allegedly contain horrific accounts of atrocities committed by the Abkhaz fighters, mercenaries from Russia and Russian regular army troops. The reports included a detailed description of how the separatists played soccer with the heads of dead Georgians on the field after the executions in Gagra.

    Now coming back to situation in South Ossetia – 1/3 of total population of South Ossetia Autonomous Republic are (or facing actual ethnic cleansing in the area – we should probably say: were) ethnic Georgians.
    Also, Autonomous Republic territory never was under 100% separatist’s control. It was split de-facto in two parts – one with the center in Ckhinvali – controlled by Russian-backed separatist Eduard Kokoyti “government” (most of Ministers of this s.c. Cabinet are put by Russia, are Russian citizens and high-ranked officers of Russian FSB (KGB) and Ministry of Defense – (pls. see related article by Moscow journalist Yulia Latinina). Another part run by non-separatist local Ossetian-Georgian joint administration, with a center in South Ossetian Autonomous Republic city Kurta. This administration is headed by Dmitry Sanakoev.

    On June 26, 2007 at the EU-Georgian Parliamentary Cooperation Committee in Brussels Dmitry Sanakoyev delivered a speech, in his native Ossetian – his first appeal to the international community. He emphasized that “a direct dialog between the Georgian and Ossetian peoples and demilitarization of the region are of crucial importance… European-type of autonomy, like Alto Adige/Südtirol, can serve as a model… in unified Georgia…. where liberal democracy is being built”.

    On July 3, 2008, Sanakoyev survived an attack on his convoy which hit a remote controlled mine and Both Sanakoyev’s administration and Georgian police officials blamed the forces loyal to the Kokoity government for organizing the incident.


  2. August 11, 2008 at 9:37 am

    IMPORTANT: “Russia, which said it moved into South Ossetia last week to protect pro-Russians there from “genocide” commited by Georgians, has now been accused of “ethnic cleansing” itself” – says Telegraph (UK) see article here:

  3. 3 NYTimes
    August 11, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Hallo! Guys…. South Osetia is NOT a part of Georgia! Osetians are not Georgians. Georgians HATE Osetians and call them separatists. But the world’s society took it for granted when South Osetia became independent (is’t it the right of people under Georgian pressure?).
    Osetians ASKED Russians to protect their independence. Russia DIDN’T bomb Georgia because there are a lot of Russian people in this country. Sure Russians will pull some money from the conflict… they are not saints…

    But Georgian president wants more power n’ more money. He doesn’t care about the people. It is GEORGIAN PRESIDENT who HAS STARTED THE WAR against Osetians and Russia. He was sure that the world’s society will be on his side. And he’s got it! Georgian president does everything to convince U.S.A. and Europe that Georgia is the victim. SAAKHASHVILI CREATED A THEATRE OF PAIN AND PRETENDS TO BE A VICTIM HOPING THAT U.S.A. AND EUROPE WILL PUT TONNS OF MONEY TO SUPPORT HIM. GEORGIAN PRESIDENT IS GONNA SUCK MONEY FROM US. And the new government of Ukrain will help him. He knows that everybody are ready to accuse Russia ‘cos it’s bigger.

    Tell me, please, why should a president talk to HIS people in English when common civilians of his country don’t know this language at all? Georgia gave a cheep fake show of it’s towns in ruins. What a Theatre!!! Saakhashvili is such a liar! He says he stopped the shooting but he doesn’t!!! More than 2.000 osetians has died… And Georgians? Less then 50 soldiers! (not thousands!). Georgians didn’t stop the fire even to let the refugees go in safe place! TODAY A GEORGIAN TANK HAS SMASHED A WOMAN WITH 2 CHILDREN IN SOUTH OSETIA…. Fortunately Russia gives a shelter for the refugees….

  4. 4 peacegeorgia
    August 11, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    First of all, Georgians don’t hate Ossetians
    Many Ossetians live throughout Georgia and there are lots of mixed pairs
    Second in the region of South Ossetia created by the Soviet Union, didn’t live only ethnic Ossetians but also Georgians.
    At least one third of the population were Georgians.
    Third is that SO IS a part of Georgia. It was a part of Georgia, even when Georgia was in the Russian empire.
    Fourth is that the separatists (which are not all Ossetians, but only a part of them backed by Russia) wouldn’t be able to create a conflict zone there, if not the Russian involvement

    Now all the figures that you are presenting are a part of Russian propaganda. You are saying exactly what Putin and Medvedev are saying. And the very fact that the number 2000 was used from the first day by Russian officials and doesn’t change makes it very suspicios.

    Now concerning Georgia starting the war – Georgia was protecting Georgian villages from separatist attacks, the people were already on the verge of fleeing.

    Now people have fled from the city of Gori, which is outside SO, so heavy were the Russian bombings and attacks.

    Moreover TODAY Georgian tanks aren’t even present in SO, Russian forces stand there and you know that very well…

  5. 5 peacegeorgia
    August 11, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    And I certainly don’t believe that you are from the NYTimes…

  6. 6 ann
    August 12, 2008 at 2:31 am

    PLESE, GIVE ME A BRAKE, does anyone think Osetians “win” now? Just look at north Ossetia that has been with generous and loving Big Brother Russia! They are SOO assimilated, they even dream in Russian. And look at “libearted” Chechinia, that Russians ever so lovingly kept in their fold! YAH!

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